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JOHN T. NELSEN II is an Infantry Colonel currently assigned as a Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Fellow. He has served as every major level from platoon through corps. His more recent assignments include Chief, War Plans Division, G3, III Corps, Ft. Hood, Texas; Commander, 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry, 8th Infantry Division, Germany; and Senior Task Force Observer-Controller, Combat Maneuver Training Center, Hohenfels, Germany. Colonel Nelsen holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the Virginia Military Institute; an M.A. in European History from the University of Wisconsin; and a Master of Military Art and Science degree from the School of Advanced Military Studies, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He has also served on the faculty of the Department of History, U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. In addition, he is the recipient of the Hughes-Army ROTC Trophy for 1971. A 1992 graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Colonel Nelsen has published several articles, including “Auftragstaktik: A Case for Decentralized Combat Leadership,” The Challenge of Military Leadership (1989), and “Crushing the Soviet Forward Detachment,” Military Review (April 1988).
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Authored by COL John T Nelson, II.
The study of strategic leadership as a formal, analytical concept is relatively new. Therefore, concrete, historical examples of leaders who have wrestled with the width and breadth of strategic-level challenges are of inestimable value.